Whenever you’re writing about laptops, “spec bump” is usually code for “boring.” However right here’s a spec bump I’m truly very enthusiastic about. Behold: Lenovo has rebranded its Yoga C740 and Yoga C640 because the Yoga 7i and Yoga 6, respectively.
The 7i will embrace Intel’s “latest” CPUs — presumably the upcoming “Tiger Lake” generation. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 line gave Intel a run for its cash this 12 months, so it’ll be fascinating to see whether or not the brand new chips can bounce again. Intel claims they’ll provide considerably higher speeds whereas drawing much less energy than earlier generations, due to its new 10nm SuperFin design. The chips additionally embrace Intel’s new Xe built-in graphics, which the corporate has proven to run fashionable AAA titles easily.
Like its predecessor, the brand new 7i appears to be like to be a convertible MacBook Air competitor focusing on midrange customers (it’s a tier beneath the corporate’s premium flagship, the Yoga C940). It is available in 14-inch and 15-inch configurations and options front-facing Dolby Atmos audio system, Amazon Alexa integration, a webcam with an built-in privateness shutter, and two ports that help Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 commonplace.
Lenovo claims you’ll get 13 hours of battery life out of the 15-inch mannequin, and 16 hours on the 14-inch mannequin. It’s additionally promising a really quick boot time — per the corporate, you’ll see the 7i up and operating “the moment you open the lid.”
The 13.3-inch Yoga 6 will characteristic AMD Ryzen processors as much as the Ryzen 7 4700U. We will vouch for these chips; they energy the 2020 HP Envy x360, which completely flies and might deal with gaming about in addition to anticipated from a system with a low-powered discrete GPU.
This Yoga is perhaps extra interesting to budget-minded consumers. Its predecessor was largely marketed as a stable scholar laptop computer. It has an fascinating design, although, with a pleasant blue cloth protecting the lid. Lenovo says it’s the primary laptop computer designed with a hybrid of steel and “soft-touch” supplies.
The corporate can also be claiming 18 hours of battery life, a 300-nit display, and a compact 2.9-pound chassis. This one comes with Alexa, too.
The Yoga 6 will hit cabinets in October, and it begins at $699. The 7i will likely be accessible in November beginning at $799.
Lenovo additionally introduced just a few Yoga Slim 7 fashions, together with the Yoga Slim 7i, Yoga Slim 7i Professional, and Yoga Slim 7 Professional. These aren’t coming to North America, however European residents can choose up the 7 Professional in August and the 7i fashions in October. The 7i begins at €999, the 7i professional begins at €899, and the 7 Professional begins at €799.